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If you’ve watched ghost hunting shows on TV, you’ve seen many ghost hunters using high-tech (and expensive) ghost hunting tools.
Some use infrared cameras. Others lean into hyper-sensitive EMF-based detectors. A few carry specialized voice recorders.
That list could go on & on. Sometimes those investigators actually use those same tools during their real-life research. At other times, I’ve wondered if viewers are seeing product placement.
(Per the Cambridge Dictionary, product placement means: “a way of advertising a product by supplying it for use in movies or television programs.” Keep that in mind when you’re watching reality – aka “unscripted” – TV shows.)
In TV shows, that abundance of ghost hunting tools can be deceptive.
Worse, some new ghost hunters may worry that they won’t have a “real” ghostly encounter if they don’t have similar tools.
They’re afraid they’ll look like amateurs. (They won’t.)
Or they think those tools are what all serious ghost hunter use. (They don’t.)
What really matters in ghost hunting
I’ve said this many times before, but — especially at Halloween — it’s important for me to repeat this: You don’t need any ghost hunting equipment at all.
Almost every serious, long-time ghost hunter will agree: The research is most important. Any tools are merely helpful, at best.
Please, go to haunted places and tell others — especially fellow ghost hunters — what you find there.
We’re interested in your impressions. Tell us what (or who) you think may be haunting that site, and perhaps why they’re still there.
We need fresh opinions. We need different ways of looking at what we’re encountering at haunted sites.
In a recent survey, nearly 50% of Americans said they believe in ghosts. The figures are similar in the U.K.
So, you’re not alone if you think ghosts might be real, and your research — and opinions — matter.
No expensive ghost hunting tools are necessary.
If you really want to use ghost hunting tools, perhaps to confirm that something odd is going on at a haunted site, I’ve written about this topic several times. For example, How Much Should I Budget for Ghost Hunting Equipment?